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Sr Mary Jeanne Shoecraft celebrated her 100th Birthday with a small gathering of family, friends and Sisters of Mercy at Bethesda, Mercy Aged Care, Nudgee on 3 August, 2018. Born in Toowoomba, Queensland in 1918, Jeanne was the middle child of eleven children. Her twin sister, Julia, also entered the Brisbane Congregation and they taught in many primary schools throughout the Archdiocese of Brisbane and the Diocese of Toowoomba. Julia (Sr Mary Eudes) died in 2013. In recent months, Jeanne has been recounting stories of her early life, especially recalling the sacrifices her parents made so that their children would have a good education. The many children whom she has taught over her long years of teaching, and their parents and teachers continue to be held in her prayer. Jeanne says she is grateful to God for her life and especially that she is well and able to enjoy her 100th birthday celebrations.
Last year, staff of the Brisbane Congregation office, Mercy Place Bardon and associated sites were invited to take part in the MIRP, Mercy International Reflection Process. Liz Orupold, Executive Officer, guided us through the journey, and we met during lunch time over several weeks. “Care for the environment” was one theme that we discerned from our reflections.
Staff are committed to positive action. One such action is to introduce a new system of bins at the Bardon site, to encourage better waste separation and recycling. This system will be based around the Australian Standard for mobile bin colours (AS4123.7-2006), with the addition of a white bin, for soft plastics.
Recently two Sisters of Mercy, Mary Britton and Marie Patrice Lynch visited the site where goods for Adderton: house & heart of mercy are being stored during the renovation of the building.
The purpose of the visit was to inspect some Chapel items named as “Rosewood Convent”. As Mary and Marie had lived many years at Rosewood, it was fitting that they be invited to check the provenance of these items.
At 2.30pm, Thursday, 10 May 2018, 33 Pilgrims from a diverse range of Mercy Ministry’s across Brisbane, Central Queensland, North Queensland, Parramatta and North Sydney gathered together at 64 A Lower Baggot Street, Dublin, to begin a 9 day journey together. Crossing the threshold and through the red doors of the Mercy International Centre we paused to reflect on the many doors we passed through to arrive at our destination, of the journey we had each undertaken and the blessings and gratitude for those who had made it possible.
With praise and thanksgiving, the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation gathered in All Hallows’ Chapel on the fifth Sunday of Easter to celebrate the life and religious commitment of the 2018 Jubilarians. Sisters Christine Gabbett, Anne McLay and Marie Thérèse Rosenberg celebrated 70 years, Sisters Margaret Kanowski, Christine Watt and Ruth Wyatte celebrated 60 years and Sister Catherine Reuter celebrated 40 years.